A favorite restaurant of ours is Sage, a lovely little vegetarian place in a shopping center north of Chapel Hill. The owner is Iranian and the food includes hummus, tabbouli, lots of eggplant, and other familiar Middle Eastern dishes--and those things are delicious--but it also goes way beyond.
The last time we were there, I picked up a copy of the restaurant's cookbook. Here is a recipe for a wonderful cookie. —Nora